Photo of the Day

Took a few photos today and some of them were interesting.

 

The wildflower gets honorable mention even though the lighting wasn’t perfect. The finch I like because his head is on fire and the snake is both “threatened” and hard to find.

Snake best in my opinion.

Modoc Deer

Spent nine days in Devil’s Garden. It was a great time. Morning temps ranged from 8 degrees up to 11. The Cargo Trailer worked well, but I would like to have had a heater.

The propane lantern and one-burner stove took the edge off, but that was about it. Went to town on day three and purchased a big sleeping bag that saved my life. I was freezing at night in my light down bags.

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The cargo trailer was roomy for one person. Had a table set up at the front and rear with my cot in the middle. The solar panel supplied plenty of power to keep the battery working the lights and fan. The Rhino ATV fit nicely inside and towing was no issue for my 2013 F-150 with Eco-boost engine.

There were plenty of deer, but I didn’t find a shooter buck. Here are my best deer photos.

The horses were there as well.

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On the final day of the hunt, I wanted to sit by a tank and wait for deer. This is what showed up.

Between the skittish horses and swirling wind, it became  clear that it was a bad day to hunt the water hole, so I passed. It was time to head home anyway.

Next up, Doyle.

Gobbler Flock

After finishing my hike this morning, I pulled out of the parking lot and ran smack into a large flock of turkey’s. I pulled my binoculars out and examined the group. They were all gobblers and many of them were very old with long beards.

I had only my cell phone for picture taking so I did the best I could. Most of them are in this photo.

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I counted at least 24 gobblers in this flock.

Wildlife Photos This Past Week

Went to the ranch for surveys three times this past week. Came across quite a few good photo opportunities. Here are a few of the best.

 

 

April on Ranch Road

Critters are out.

 

DSC_0304[1] gold cups up close

gold cups

DSC_0278[1] Johnny jump ups ak wild pansy

Johnny jump-ups are also known wild pansy or violets.

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pop-corn flower

DSC_0302[1] checkerbloom

checkerbloom

 

Wildflowers are blooming.

April is a good time to bring your camera when you’re traveling on ranch road. Don’t be in a hurry.

 

 

 

Amphibian Eggs

Checked a bunch of ponds for amphibian eggs yesterday. Here are some photos of what we found. Check the caption and click on the photos to enlarge.

In addition to frog eggs, we also found newt eggs.

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We even found one fresh batch of California Tiger Salamander eggs.

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California tiger salamander eggs. Note the nucleus in this backlit photo.